This weekend check out the Brockley Max festival, the Stoke Newington Literary Festival and Celebrate Hackney which will showcase the diversity of the borough! Or join the party in Ashwin Street on Sunday – just across from Dalston Station.
Brockley Max Festival, started last weekend, celebrating and showcasing the talents of people from Brockley, Ladywell and Crofton Park.
The nine day long festival is now in its ninth year and counts over sixty events throughout the week, culminating in a whole day of events at Hilly Fields this Saturday, 5 June, comprising arts events, music workshops and exhibitions, followed by an after party at Jam Circus in Brockley.
The Saturday’s bonanza includes the “Hacienda on the Hill” during which people can participate in workshops on Brazillian dance, as well as enjoying live bands, DJs and a craft market.
Not only is the festival for local people, it is also run by them, with over 300 volunteers involved in the planning and running of the event: “Every year we get more and more calls from local people asking how they can help and get involved,” said Moira Tait, festival director, “all of them help make the area a better place to live.”
Last Friday, East London Lines checked out the music performances in front of Murals at Brockley Station. The music began late in the afternoon, and went on into the early hours, with ten different acts taking part.
It started with Grupo Ase playing traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and songs and finished with Monkey Rush playing ska-influenced post punk. They were accompanied by street dancers from Montage Theatre.
Throughout this week there will be live music every evening in various venues, ranging from rock to soul, jazz and hip-hop.
For more cerebral events take the train to Dalston and then hop on a bus up to Stoke Newington Media School opposite Clissold Park. Hackney Unites will be debating everything that matters from environmental issues to asylum and immigration, to the Arts in Hackney. You can then end the evening at the newly refurbished Stoke Newington Town Hall with Jeremy Hardy and John Hegley who are headlining the Stokie Literary Festival from 7pm.
For eating and drinking before during and after these events check out our listings which are all organised for your convenience, around each East LondonLine Station.
If you know of any events, concerts, festivals, happenings of all kinds, we should attend, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe we will see you there!